The elements to contribute to its popularity are the elegant red wines or white wines made from different grape varieties such as roussanne, marsanne, shiraz, bergeron and syrah. The AOC extends over 1100 hectares covers 23 communes in the Ardèche and 3 in the Loire, following the Rhône which gives a unique soils ’diversity (Schist, granite, soft gneiss, etc), in hillsides with some parts in piedmont or plain. Visibly, the red has a ruby red colour and is adorned with orange reflections over the time. The white begins with emerald reflections on a pale yellow colour but evolves towards gold. When smelling, Saint-Joseph red wines are distinguished by a note of cassis very present, and scents of fresh fruit changing to fruit cooked after a few years. As for the white wines, they have hints of hawthorn which stay timeless. On the palate, the tannins of red are fine and the finesse predominates with aromas of violets and red fruits. When you buy Saint-Joseph Wines, you should remember that the white with its intense bouquet keeps its balance in acidity of the freshness and softness which stays over the time. Concerning the food and wine pairings, the white wines will marry perfectly with smoked fish. For the red wines, choose mainly grilled meats such as prime rib or lamb.